The Nonobvious Basis of Ownership: Preschool Children Trace the History and Value of Owned Objects
Child Development, 06/21/2012
Gelman SA et al. – By 3 years of age, participants used object history to determine ownership and identified even undesirable toys as their own. Furthermore, participants at all ages showed an endowment effect (greater liking of items designated as their own). Thus, even 2–year–olds appreciate the nonobvious basis of ownership.